Yesterday morning, a delivery of relief goods collected by greenhouse builder Kubo in collaboration with numerous (horticultural) companies arrived at the Ukraine border. Since halfway through last week, they have been working in Monster, after a message from a colleague who lives in Ukraine. Through him, and his Ukrainian wife, contact has been made with the mayor in Western Ukraine so that the relief goods can go directly to overcrowded hospitals.
This morning at the border
"It is unbelievable what we have already been able to collect with the help of many people", says an enthusiastic Nathalie van den Ende from Kubo this morning. Normally she is responsible for marketing and communication, but over the past few days she has been dragging along boxes full of relief goods.
From the logistics centre of the greenhouse builder, she gives an update while walking. "We started last Wednesday and held two collection evenings. By Thursday evening we were already at 50 cubic metres of boxes full of clothes, warm blankets, baby milk, medicine and so on."
Among other things, these boxes crossed the border into Ukraine this morning
As well as local businesses, including various horticultural companies and subcontractors from the engineering world, the via-via network was also tapped into through Kubo colleagues. "People really came from far away to bring things, which they had sometimes bought en masse at the local drugstore. This morning Verkade Klimaat is coming with a delivery and the items from Steenks have already arrived at the border."
All this arrived at Kubo this morning
The first transport from Kubo was at the border between Romania and Ukraine this morning. Then it had to wait for Kubo's site manager who lives in Ukraine and normally supervises projects in China and other countries. He had to drive across the border to load the relief goods. "For our drivers, it is difficult to cross the border. This works better. We do have all the papers for an aid convoy through the mayor here."
Loading the truck for transport
This morning, Nathalie was still waiting for a message from her colleague on location. If he says that the action was successful and the goods have arrived at the hospital, then the 'trial route' is successful and they can start driving more often. "We are already collecting new materials. Another lorry will be leaving soon. So people and companies can continue to bring things. We have plenty of room for storage. It is great to see everyone coming into action. We want to thank everyone for that!"
People are driving back and forth